Word of the year update #4

During the month of April, the One Little Word focus was on four different writing prompts. I figured it would be easy. As a writer, words are what I do most days.

I was wrong.

Being introspective and writing about yourself and how you feel is completely different than writing about fictitious characters who have crazy things happen in their lives. Maybe that’s why I’m not interested in writing a memoir. It feels too exposing.

But since I promised myself I was going to complete One Little Word this year, I put my head down and did my best.

There were four prompts this month.

I am…

This one was easy. It was objective things about myself. My age. Where I live. What I’m doing right now. How much I weigh. How I exercise. What roles I have in my life.

It reminded me of the worksheets you get when you’re in kindergarten, only I wanted to spell things right this time around.

I am giving myself permission to…

This prompt focused on what I needed to be okay with during the month. We’re in a pandemic right now (starting week 7 as I type this) and everyone is still adjusting to how things have to be done now. Wear a mask out in public. Stay 6 feet away from people. No handshaking. And the list goes on. So I gave myself permission to adjust to the new normal.

I am learning…

I’ve heard different sides to this theory. Some people say you should come out of this pandemic speaking a new language, decluttering your house Marie Condo-style or taking up a new hobby. Others say there is too much stress in the world, so don’t worry about anything short than survival.

I’m in-between. There are some things that I do everyday. I exercise, meditate and spend time with the family. Most days I write and learn something new about the art of writing. But I don’t expect to come out of the other side of this pandemic a new person.

I am saying yes to…

To me, this prompt highlighted where I make different decisions than I did in the past. For instance, I don’t normally watch a lot of television. With no place to go, I say “yes” more often when my husband or kids ask me to join them. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the discussions that come about from what we watch.

When I finished the prompts, I realized that once again, I do have more than enough to keep me going.

I’m tough and resilient. I’m taking this opportunity to make memories with my family that I might not have had if it weren’t for the pandemic. I’m writing some really good scenes that I might not have tried if I wasn’t at home all the time.

Let me know how you are doing! Email me at carolewolfeauthor@gmail.com or leave a comment below!

Until next week…

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